The Collect
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

WBC Advent Festival

This Advent on our YouTube Channel
(https://www.youtube.com/WatchetBaptist)

Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/WBCandfriends)

& on our new Instagram Page (https://www.instagram.com/wbcadventfestival/)


there will be a video posted each day as part of our Advent Festival,

for you to enjoy and share around with those who you think it might encourage!
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Every Monday & Friday there will be a song,
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday will be a devotional brought to you by Mike,
Every Wednesday there'll be a reading brought to you by different members of our church, &

Every Sunday there'll be a spoken word piece by one of our poets.

The daily content starts on
Wednesday 1st December, so please do make use of these to start your morning throughout advent, and if you enjoy it, share it around with your friends and family!
Blessings,  Andy

Diocese of Bath and Wells Prayer Calendar

The Children’s Society

St Peter’s are looking for someone to take over responsibility for The Children’s Society collection boxes.

A huge thank you to Maureen Heath who has undertaken this task for many years.


Could anyone who feels they could help with this please speak to Sue Withycombe, who can put you in touch with Maureen. Thank you.

Christmas Services and Events

Housegroup & Bible Study
Music of Eternity
House group meetings have moved to the Meeting Room 7.30 - 9pm on Tuesdays and are weekly until Christmas. We are studying the Archbishop of York’s book for Advent 2021 "Music of Eternity". If you are interested in coming along, please feel free to just turn up, or speak to Lindsay Benham or Sue Withycombe if you would like more information.  

Campfire Church

Julie is also looking for more helpers for Campfire Church on 18th December. Although it is being held at St Peter’s this month, it is intended that future Campfire Church events will be held across the benefice.  Please contact Julie if you think you can help.

Christmas Decorations and Flowers at St Peter’s

We will be putting up the Christmas tree on Thursday 9th December, from 10am and decorating the rest of the church on Thursday 23rd December, again from 10am. Please come along if you can help.

Covid-19 restrictions allowing, coffee and mince pies will be available.

Advent online
A message from Andy Levett of Watchet Baptist Church…

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Dear Watchet & Williton church friends,
As we begin the Advent season, I thought you might like to hear about the online Advent videos put together by Matt (Intern at Watchet Baptist Church and one of my sons) which includes various local people and places.   Her
e's the info...



 Sunday 5th December                       4.00pm                Christingle at St Decuman’s
 Tuesday 7th December                     6.00-9.00pm        Christmas Craft Fair at The Pavilion, Williton
 Saturday 11th December                 4.30pm                 Father Christmas leaves St Peter’s and carol singing at Croft House  
                                                                 5.00-8.00pm        Williton Christmas Festival at the Pavilion, including carol singing

 Sunday 12th December                    4.00pm                 Carols around the bonfire at St Peter’s
 Saturday 18th December                 3.00-5.00pm        Campfire Church at St Peter’s
 Sunday 19th December                    4.00pm                 Carols around the bonfire at St Decuman’s
 Friday 24th December                      4.00pm                 Crib service at St Peter’s
                                                               11.30pm                Midnight Communion in both churches

 Saturday 25th December               10.00am               Christmas Day Communion at St Peter’s
                                                               10.30am                Christmas Day Communion at St Decuman’s



  9.15am    Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am    Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
  4.00pm    Carols around the bonfire at St Peter’s


Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we will be joining our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street.  This week it is Courtland Close in Watchet and Half Acre in Williton.  Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

The four weeks of Advent are a season of hope: we pray and prepare for the day when God’s Kingdom will come among us with ‘power … and great might’ (as today’s Collect puts it).  The first Advent Candle represents the Patriarchs and first leaders of Israel through whom God’s rule on earth dawned.  Today we remember the Prophets of Israel who challenged Israel to return to God’s ways.

ADVENT COURSE

Beautiful rainbow over Caen

Don’t forget you can donate to St Peter’s church by doing your online shopping through Easyfundraising.   It doesn't cost you a penny!

Prayers We are holding in our thoughts and prayers:  Jane Don and Irene Marsden.  If you would like to be included on the prayer list, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice  team) know.








Wanted!  .......   Donations of Mince Pies
Homemade or Shop-bought


St Peters Church are doing Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Squash & Diet/Sugar Free Coke & Mince Pies.

I have sourced all the other things but would be grateful for donations of Mince Pies.  There is a sign-up list at the back of church.   If you can contribute, please indicate so on the list thank you.


We also still need a few more volunteers to help on the evening.  We need to cover the whole period between 5pm to 8pm.  If we divide the slots into half an hour sessions then this is not too onerous time-wise for anyone.
There is a sign-up sheet at the back of St Peter’s church. Please, if you can, add your name to help make this a success.


Mince Pies can be dropped off at St Peters Church up to Saturday 11th December until midday; or dropped at 34 Dovetons Drive until 3pm;
or delivered to Williton Pavilion Kitchen from 4pm on Saturday the 11th of December
.
Thank You

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Julie Pelling is organising a Christmas Craft stall at the Williton Christmas Festival but needs more volunteers. Please contact Julie if you can help, or have any craft materials which you think may be useful.

BENEFICE TEAM INFORMATION


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email: sclarkelander@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Bev Machin                             Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-568201                        email: beverleymchn1@gmail.com   
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email:donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                       email: julie@nickandju.plus.com

Benefice Website                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook Pages                    www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   
                                                   www.facebook.com/St-Decumans-120766092644415

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers:

We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith  - who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & email: safeguardingstdecsstpeters@gmail.com



CAMEO   (Come and Meet Each Other)
CAMEO is on Thursdays, in St Peter’s Church 10am – 12pm.  Everyone in the benefice is welcome to drop in for coffee and chat.


Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

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We will be running an Advent Course this year on Mondays at 2pm at Holy Cross. The course is called ‘Journeying with the Magi’ - an Advent course in the Celtic Tradition.  An opportunity to stop at this busy time of year and think and reflect on our own journey towards Christmas.  The course will run for 4 weeks: 29th November; 6th December; 13th December and 20th December.  We do hope you will be able to come and join us.

For more information please talk to Julie or Donna.

Next Sunday 12th December

Sunday, 5 December – Second Sunday of Advent
Lord, on International Volunteer Day, we give you thanks for all who volunteer in churches and schools throughout the nation. May their individual efforts and collective hours of commitment serve to build your kingdom, and your church in large and small ways.


Monday, 6 December
Dear God, we pray for all on the Exploring Chaplaincy course.  Thank you for their commitment to explore Chaplaincy ministry, listening, caring, praying and blessing their communities.

Tuesday, 7 December
God of all, we pray for the youth ministry conversation that is taking place online this evening.  We pray for those leading the sessions and for those attending: may all gain a deeper understanding of the impact of poor mental health on the lives of children and young people.

Christmas Festival

Williton Pavilion - Saturday 11th December

Wednesday, 8 December
Sovereign Lord, we pray for our Members of Parliament and for local councils, for politicians and for their staff and offices. We pray that they may be safe as they seek the common good for their communities.


Thursday, 9 December
God of Justice, we pray for the police, courts and criminal justice systems across Somerset.  We pray for justice, wisdom and mercy as those in authority carry their responsibility to care for the vulnerable and keep us safe.


Friday, 10 December
Compassionate God, forgive us for the inhumane way we too often treat the other. Grant us atonement for the misdeeds of exclusion we commit against the most vulnerable members of society: the unwanted, the unhoused, the uninsured, the undocumented.


Saturday, 11 December

Loving God, we pray for all those who live and work in Yeovil Deanery and for those responsible for leading the deanery as they seek to offer a Christian presence in every community.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 5th December 2021


THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
‘Lord, raise up your power and come among us’

Today’s Worship and Readings
10.00am               All Age Worship at St Peter’s
10.30am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
4.00pm                  Christingle service at St Decuman’s


Baruch 5
The Benedictus
Philippians 1.3-11
Luke 3.1-6
 
Both churches will usually be open every day between 9.00am and 3.30/4.00pm (approximately).   All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 6th December                   9.45am                  Morning Prayer at Holy Cross

                                                            2.00pm                  Journeying with the Magi at Holy Cross

                                                            7.00pm                  Pantomime rehearsal at St Peter’s
                                                            7.30pm                  Team meeting in Meeting Room
Tuesday 7th December                   9.30am                  Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton
                                                           10.00am                 Morning Prayer at St Peter’s
                                                             7.30pm                 House Group at The Meeting Room
Wednesday 8th December            10.00am                 Little Saints at Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                              7.30pm                 Joint PCC meeting in the Meeting Room
Thursday 9th December                10am -12pm          CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 11th December              10am -11.30am     Flute Group rehearsal at St Decuman’s